Golden Lions stay on course for semis
September 24, 2016

The Xerox Golden Lions kept their hopes of a semifinal berth alive when they thumped Eastern Province Kings 71-7 (halftime 26-7) in their Currie Cup Premier Division rugby fixture at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Golden Lions, who earned five points with 11 tries in the game, have now set themselves up for a crucial final league game against the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg on Friday. A win for the Golden Lions in that game would see them into the semifinals.

The Kings have now failed to win a match in seven outings and they will want to chalk up that elusive victory against the Steval Pumas in Port Elizabeth next Friday.

The Kings conceded a myriad of penalties in the opening 15 minutes but the Golden Lions failed to take advantage of any of them until the 18th minute when flank Ruan Ackermann scored his first Currie Cup try with a pick and go from the base of a maul. Flyhalf Jaco van der Walt added the extra two points.

Only minutes later the Kings produced some enterprising play and a quick take by scrumhalf Ricky Schroeder set up a try for left wing Sampie Mastriet, which was converted by flyhalf Pieter-Steyn de Wet.

The Golden Lions went ahead again when centre Howard Mnisi slipped through two tackles to score the second try for the visitors on the half hour.

Right wing Koch Marx then rounded off a good backline movement with a try and Van der Walt converted to push the Lions further ahead. Flank and captain Kwagga Smith scored the bonus point try just before halftime with Van der Walt adding the extras.

Matters did not get any better for the Kings when the Lions struck soon after the restart thanks to tries from left wing Anthony Volmink and centre Jacques Nel and a Van der Walt conversion.

Skipper Smith was at it again grabbing his second and third tries of the evening just after the hour. Van der Walt added one conversion to take it to 50-7.

Mnisi then got in for a second try, Sylvian Mahuza his first and Jacques Nel also his second with Andries Coetzee slotting the three conversions.


EP Kings – Tries: Sampie Mastriet; Conversions: Pieter-Steyn de Wet

Golden Lions – Tries: Ruan Ackermann, Howard Mnisi (2), Koch Marx, Jacques Nel (2), Kwagga Smith (3), Anthony Volmink, Sylvian Mahuza; Conversions: Jaco van der Walt (5). Andries Coetzee (3)

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